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Re: What are you currently reading?

Just completed "The Beekeeper's apprentice".
Now reading "Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation" by James McQuivey
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Old 13.09.2017, 13:52
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"Resplendent" by Stephen Baxter.

Don't bother - classic case of a series which starts well and loses a star with each book after that.
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Old 13.09.2017, 19:58
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John Le Carré/David Cornwell's biography. Brilliant. His father was a world-class conman and perpetual embarassment - friend of the Cray twins, famous sportsmen, you name it. Gripping.
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Old 14.09.2017, 13:01
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Paul Auster, 4 3 2 1, could you imagine yourself, the very same person, but have completely different lives?
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Old 14.09.2017, 13:41
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Struggling through R. Scott Bakker's The Darkness That Comes Before and not enjoying it at all. Apparently is doesn't change much, so I'll knock it on the head and return the Kindle version for a refund.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Following the latest Man Booker Prize winner, George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo is up on my reading list.
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Old 18.10.2017, 14:01
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Re: What are you currently reading?

I’ve just started Ken Follett’s “A column of fire”, his third installment in the Kingsbridge series.

Heavy as a brick, rich plot, just my kind of books
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Old 18.10.2017, 14:21
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When I read the summary of "The Pillars of the Earth" I was quite happy to start reading.

Unfortunately I hated the book. It felt like a soap opera using the carrot on a stick trick: fooling you with a possibility of something finally being resolved, only to have the next disaster rolling in. I also did not enjoy that the 4 characters didn't really develop much: they were presented as "the good" "the heroin" "the jealous villain" "the one you are supposed to take pity on", and all 4 ended pretty much the same by the time the book ended. Character complexity failed, and I felt a little fooled.

Somehow I expected better.

(On the other hand, one can see from the Kazuo Ishiguro thread that book tastes are a fickle thing )

Currently finishing Wings of the Storm: senseless viking action book, a little on the too simple side (it's sometimes written like a book for teenagers). Great for my lunch breaks.

Next in line: H. P. Lovecraft woooo hoooo!
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Old 18.10.2017, 16:43
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Man Kzin wars. Currently on volume 5 of 14. Never read them in order before.
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Old 18.10.2017, 17:58
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When I read the summary of "The Pillars of the Earth" I was quite happy to start reading.

Unfortunately I hated the book. It felt like a soap opera using the carrot on a stick trick: fooling you with a possibility of something finally being resolved, only to have the next disaster rolling in. I also did not enjoy that the 4 characters didn't really develop much: they were presented as "the good" "the heroin" "the jealous villain" "the one you are supposed to take pity on", and all 4 ended pretty much the same by the time the book ended. Character complexity failed, and I felt a little fooled.

Somehow I expected better.

(On the other hand, one can see from the Kazuo Ishiguro thread that book tastes are a fickle thing )

Currently finishing Wings of the Storm: senseless viking action book, a little on the too simple side (it's sometimes written like a book for teenagers). Great for my lunch breaks.

Next in line: H. P. Lovecraft woooo hoooo!
Funnily enough, that’s exactly what I thought of his Century trilogy! I painfully went trough the first book, and gave up on the other two.

The Kingsbridge series didn’t strike me as the soapy kind, but then I’m a big fan of historical novels, and a medievist, so the theme was appealing to me

I bought the Lovecraft Complete work new edition not so long ago. It’s waiting on my bookshelf at the moment, probably until a long rainy holiday!
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Old 18.10.2017, 20:00
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Re: What are you currently reading?

"Tokyo Vice" by Jake Adelstein. He was on Arte last week promoting the French translation. An amazing piece of journalism, revealing the Japanese underworld, especially the reality of the yakuzas. He was the first foreign journalist to work for the japanese edition of Yomiuri Shimbun, as a crime journalist. In the end he had to have police protection to avoid being disappeared, after a particularly juicy scoop.
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Viking Raid by Matthew McCleery
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I just finished Moon Palace by Paul Auster, what a book! Has anybody else ready it?
Aww....forgot to give you my feedback on this book, man. My reading is not done yet and I feel totally ashamed and flabbergasted by this, it's just not me. I absolutely loved the first part (at least in my own time axis) till M.S.Fogg meets Effing. The first part of their relation is narrated with Auster's seemingly usual ardor and coherence, but something breaks in his style and the story after that. It bored me, and I rarely get bored by a book. I put it aside with the intention of reading it when I feel less stressed but I forgot about it, found it only yesterday in a clutter drawer. That coupled with the fact that I had to read tons of other (unrelated) things for my exams and a few other books which also seemed to require urgent attention...hehe. I recently finished E.Hemingway's "The sun also rises" and am still thinking of it...a tough one. That followed by some facile stuff I'm too embarrassed to mention here. A friend of mine has 4,3,2,1 by your beloved Auster, I might give this author another chance when I'll have the time.
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My feedback so far: CHECK THE BLOODY WEIGHT OF THE BOOK BEFORE YOUR ORDER ANYTHING FROM AMAZON.

Everyone in the cafeteria I eat at every day is making fun of me because this thing is a thick as a brick, and double so heavy.

If anything made me look like a freaking nerd, this thing tops it 2 times over.
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EF.

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A trio of goodies, bought cheap from abebooks

The Broken road by Patrick Leigh-Fermor. The long awaited third volume of his travel trilogy. At 18, in 1934, he decided to walk across Europe from Holland to Turkey. These are the only books that I recall wishing I had a dictionary to read. Incredibly rich language and lovely writing. Loads of lore, history and accounts of disappeared ways of life, from artistocratic to gypsy.

Outrun by Amy Liptrot. Beautiful account of an Orkney woman's struggle to stay away from her alcoholism by returning home after ten mad years in London. Beautiful nature writing + harrowing life story.

The periodic table by Primo Levi. Unlikely book supposedly about chemistry, but actually more about life in Italy during the Second World war, language, Italian Jews... Wonderful.
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You think that human nature is that interesting, huh? I think it's just very addictive.
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Camino Island by John Grisham.
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I listen to audiobooks rather than read....

Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine - by Gail Honeycutt

Loved this. Life with awkwardness, mental illness, finding friends and change. It’s going to be a movie, and if it is turned into a stupid romance, I will be pissed.

Also since I’ve been sitting around, icing and elevating my new knee, I’ve been binge listening to Ann Cleeves’ Shetland and Vera mysteries. Great voices, Scottish and Northern England, interesting characters. Not deep, but very fun.

I also have the Three Body Problem translated from Chinese. It’s sci fi and a few friends recommend it highly. After I finish the current Vera.
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Just bumped into the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne. The first one was a good entertaining read.

Check em out Efers

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